Snyder makes appointments to Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science
July 14, 2014
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Ronald Karelse, of Belmont, and Mary Ochalek, of Milan to the State Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science.
The nine-member board provides oversight for the state's nearly 750 funeral homes and more than 2,100 mortuary science licensees.
“Mary and Ronald are experienced professionals and I thank them for their willingness to serve on this board,” Snyder said.
Karelse is the president of Heritage Funeral Service, where he has over 20 years of experience. Karelse earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Calvin College and attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He will represent professionals and replaces Thomas Starks.
Ochalek is the owner and funeral director of Ochalek-Stark Funeral Service. She he has more than 38 years of experience in the mortuary science industry. She serves on the community relations board for the Milan Federal Corrections Institute and the parish council of Immaculate Conception. Ochalek earned a bachelor’s degree in mortuary science from Wayne State University. She will represent professionals and replaces Christine Daggett.
Members serve four-year terms expiring June 30, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.